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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

As the Assistant Director of Annual Giving, you will report to the Director of Development and be an integral part of the Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum development team. Your responsibilities will include leading a comprehensive annual giving program for donors with giving levels up to $25,000, and you will also play a meaningful role in planning and executing development events, and in overseeing the stewardship and recognition of annual gifts.

Reports to: Director of Development, Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum


50% - Lead a comprehensive annual giving program:

  • Increase annual giving in both donors and dollars through membership acquisition and retention strategies.
  • Utilize email, direct mail, social media, web interfaces, multi-media and phone to execute membership appeals aimed at acquiring, retaining and upgrading annual donors.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Development to identify a portfolio of lead annual giving prospects.
  • Develop and execute plans to cultivate and solicit prospects capable of making leadership annual gifts ($1,000-$25,000).
  • Maintain appropriate donor contact including written correspondence, phone calls, and travel and/or hosting for personal visits.
  • Communicate tribute opportunities and restrictions with donors.
  • Coordinate relationship management with Director of Development to refer qualified major gift prospects and integrate annual fund participation asks within existing major gift strategies.
  • Serve as liaison for University Annual Giving (UAG).
  • Attend quarterly meetings coordinated by Office of University Development (OUD).

25% - Events:

  • Execute logistics for donor-focused events that provide expanded opportunities for donor engagement with MBGNA. Logistics may include: venue selection and space planning, contract negotiation, food and beverage selection, audio-visual planning and contracting, event decor selections, parking and transportation arrangements, and rental furniture and supplies.
  • Work in partnership with Communications Manager regarding the design, production, and distribution of invitations, printed programs, and other promotional materials.
  • Ensure event planning stays on time and budget

15% - Stewardship:

  • Manage donor stewardship process for all gifts including: gift processing, acknowledgement, and relationship management
  • Administer Tribute Tracker
  • Work with development staff to develop creative methods of recognizing donors and celebrating their gifts

10% - Administration and other duties as assigned

  • Supervise Office of Development interns and work-study student workers
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum 1-3 years of experience in fundraising/development/alumni relations experience or relevant work experience
  • Demonstrated success in building and maintaining relationships
  • Collaborative, flexible and customer-service oriented manner
  • Proven ability to interact with a diverse group of people
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work independently, as well as to be part of a team
  • Demonstrated project management and organizational skills; strong attention to detail
  • Proficiency in MS Office applications (Word, Excel, PowerPoint).

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in managing an annual giving program
  • Experience working with a portfolio of donor prospects
  • Experience in working with databases to manage, analyze, and interpret data to drive strategies

Additional Information

Physical Demands/Work Environment:

Occasional travel within the U.S. may be required to conduct work.

Will require work during early mornings, nights, and/or weekends.

The person in this position routinely communicates with donors, faculty, staff and students about programs, events, activities, etc.

The person in this position regularly works in farm, garden, and natural area environments and horticultural/greenhouse facilities for the purposes of hosting donors and executing events.

Mission Statement

The mission of Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum is to promote environmental enjoyment, stewardship, and sustainability through education, research, and interaction with the natural world. We will be the center for rich and diverse nature-based experiences for the University of Michigan and its surrounding communities. We will provide exceptionally beautiful gardens and natural areas for enjoyment. We will train a new generation of environmental leaders in sustainability, conservation and ecological restoration and engage research that deepens our understanding of plants, ecology, and the role of nature in our lives.

OUD Mission: The Office of University Development maximizes private support for the University of Michigan through high-quality collaboration with the development programs of schools, colleges and units. We also provide fundraising leadership through the stimulation and facilitation of healthy, productive and life-long relationships with our colleagues, alumni, friends, foundations and corporations.

Statement on Diversity: We respect and value individuals from all races, ethnic backgrounds, ages, genders, religions, sexual orientations, disabilities, economic or veteran status, and other diverse perspectives and individual differences. Further, we are committed to tolerance, sensitivity, understanding, and mutual respect everywhere within our community and we affirm our promise to make Matthaei Botanical Gardens and Nichols Arboretum a welcoming place for all. In seeking new staff members, we are committed to hiring those who share in our reverence and expectation for diversity.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days.  This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.